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Opinion

Thanks & Spanks

Opinion

SPANKS, writes a reader, to property owners who neglect to cut the weeds on sidewalks around their property. SPANKS, writes a reader, to those who mow their grass only on their property line and leave the curbside to grow wild. THANKS, writes a reader, to area EMS, firefighters, and police ...

Venezuelans need support from U.S.

Editorial

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is well aware of the powerlessness of leaders in this country and others upset about his ongoing repression of his own people. Despite enormous oil reserves, Venezuela’s economy is a shambles and Maduro’s regime is in the process of making liberty no more ...

Report what went wrong with fair ride

Editorial

Thrill rides reopened at the Ohio State Fair on Sunday, to the delight of some attendees who did not seem worried about the accident that killed one man and injured seven others last week. Given the fact both amusement company workers and state inspectors spent several days giving the rides ...

Are taxpayers getting their money’s worth?

Editorial

Rarely do the politicians make major economic development announcements without having to concede that tax incentives were needed to make them happen. It happens frequently at both the local and state levels. But are taxpayers getting our money’s worth? Or are we just padding the profits of ...

West Virginians keep options open

Editorial

One of the things many West Virginians have learned is to keep our options open. It is simple common sense. U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito’s vote Tuesday to allow debate on whether to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act fell into the category of representing her fellow Mountain State ...

Solution may soon be found for rare genetic diseases

Editorial

Little Charlie Gard has passed away. The 11-month-old British child, center of an international controversy for weeks, was moved to a hospice, where doctors planned to turn off life-support equipment. What if Charlie’s life could have been saved before he was born? Within a few years, ...

Clarence and the Bearded Lady

Local Columns

Clarence Rinehart, president of the Toby Tyler Circus Collectors Club of Castor and Environs, enjoyed a weakness for slim women and big tops, so it surprised no one when he hopped onto the circus train after falling for the bearded lady, leaving his wife and young son in the Shadows. Tatiana ...

Duterte’s threat against children not acceptable

Editorial

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s frustration with Maoist terrorists in his country is understandable. When he extends an olive branch, they take bloody advantage of it. Just last week, as peace talks were going on between his government and the rebels, they attacked his presidential ...

Capitol building should be fixed immediately

Editorial

West Virginia government finances are tight, these days. State legislators and Gov. Jim Justice felt they had to increase taxes and fees by about $130 million a year merely to take care of our roads and bridges. Special interests and government-funded entities have complained vociferously that ...

Let Morrisey’s office handle Medicaid fraud

Editorial

During just three months, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey’s office helped save taxpayers $1.3 million in improper Social Security claims. The work, in cooperation with federal officials, occurred during the second quarter of this year. That amount adds to the millions of ...